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Botting on instagram/facebook, risks and potential consequences, have your say

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Reyone, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Reyone

    Reyone Elite Member

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    Hello,

    So I have been thinking about people botting (harcore and breaking sites' TOS);
    Lets say, a person decides to start using this methods in order to do CPA via FB. This person uses a secure VPS and private proxies for the accounts spamming.
    Can this person be traced down by authorities? I was having an argument and I think they could simply see a ton of bots spamming with the same affiliate link, go to the network and ask for the details of the person's account. My friend, on the contrary, argues that they cannot ask the details from the network based on the privacy policy thus network could have.

    What do you guys think? Can authorities track a person down? if so, how? Are vps and proxies a secure way to get covered? Would a privacy policy protect you from the law?
     
  2. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    It would take all of 5 seconds to track you down, your affiliate network would ban you, and if you piss those sites off enough their lawyers will get your info using a subpena and sue you... Though, first they will likely sue the affiliate network. Then the affiliate network will sue you for the cost of the lawsuit + damages. The affiliate network may also sue you for damaging their brand and goodwill.

    Using proxies might prevent your bot from getting blocked, but using the same affiliate link is kind of like showing your cards to everyone at the table in a game of poker.

    PS: Your friend isn't very intelligent. Privacy policies, terms of service, etc. are not legally binding as you didn't sign anything. While most sites have them unless someone explicitly agrees to them via contract they generally are not bound by those terms. There are only very rare and technical cases beyond the scope of this post where a TOS or Privacy Policy could be used in court without a signed contract.
     
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  3. Reyone

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    Very interesting reply, just as I thought.
    What if the bots direct people to a website in which you have your offers?

    In other words, is there any possibility for a person botting hard not to get caught?